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ISSUE 7 - MARCH 2005

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

~ John 3:16 NIV ~

Hello and welcome to the March Issue of FaithWriters' Magazine! It feels as though it was only yesterday when I was welcoming you all to our February Issue - where did that month go?

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, the end of February is a sign that spring is just around the corner and eyes start eagerly scanning the garden for those first flowers. There really is nothing like the feeling of new life after a long, cold winter.

For those, like me, who live south of the equator, this is a very special time of year as well. Here in Australia, the 1st March, ushers in those gentle, mellow days of autumn - usually greatly appreciated after the heat and humidity of a Sydney Summer!

But wherever you are, we've got all the best stories, articles and poems to keep you company right through the 31 days of March. Here are just some of the treasures you'll find inside...

We are so excited about our brand new book review department, Well Read. There were so many good reviews and interviews to use, that we didn't want to stop... and our main feature and author interview for the month is a BIG one. You won't want to miss Di Moore's review of Ted Dekker's novel, Obsessed, as well as her interview with this amazing Christian author.

But that's not all! The four reviews chosen for this Issue are as different as night and day. Make sure you check them out!

Last month we said goodbye to Dori Knight, our fantastic editor of A Merry Heart. Before Dori left, with our love, blessing and thanks for all that she's contributed to FaithWriters' Magazine, she handed over the reins to a regular contributor to both A Merry Heart and the Magazine generally, John Hunt. So keep an eye out for John's editorial debut this month with his fun story, "The Once a Year Irishman." I definitely had a chuckle - and learned something into the bargain.

Grace Revisited
By Corinne Smelker

He ambled through the cemetery, winding his way past gravestones, some ornate, others simple. A curlew sang above him, and the scent of freshly mown grass met his nostrils. He smiled gently, as he saw her stone ahead.

He had brought a folding canvas chair - a stool really, to sit on. He planned on being here for a while. He placed the bouquet of pink carnations in front of her grave, they were her favourite.

"I know you're not here, you're in heaven, but I can't help myself." He could hear her voice echoing in his head. You could have spent the money on something else. She was always like that, she had appreciated the good things in life, but saw the needs of others beyond her own pleasure.

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The Truth about Grace
By Bob Zoellner

"The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." (John 1:14 NIV)

The day is sunny, the weather perfect. You couldn't ask for a better day at the amusement park with your family. This is a well-deserved day of fun, and your son has been looking forward to it all week long. You've given him $15 for the whole day, with the instruction that this is all he gets - spend it wisely. The only additional money coming from you is when you meet back up for the evening meal.

The arcade beckons. Video games, skeeball, bean bag toss, car races, whack-a-mole. Air hockey, pinball, and skill games. Soon the money is gone.

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While we're on the subject of smiles, you might want to pop into Cyber Walk and have a read of the delightfully funny poem, "Cyber Space Explorer" by Dean Herring. If you have been on the Net for any length of time, you are going to love this clever little piece. Cyber Space Explorer is Dean's first contribution to FaithWriters' Magazine and I'm sure you're going to enjoy it as much as I did.

Oh... and if you've ever wondered what "BRB", "ROFL" or "TTFN" mean, then make sure you read Karen Treharne's, "What Are You Saying?" while you're there. Don't enter a chat room or message board without them.

For a gentler pace, pop over to The Joy of Family and take a moment to read the beautiful poem, "It's Home, It's Eventide" by Howard Pierce. It stirred all sorts of nostalgic thoughts in me, and I'm sure it will bless you. You can almost hear the crickets and feel the love.

Over in Heaven Bound, it felt a little strange not having another installment of Tammi Chang's gripping true life story, "Desert Found Faith." If you missed reading the four parts of this story, you can find them in the Heaven Bound archives. What makes it particularly exciting is the news that Tammi has recently placed 3rd with her Desert Found Faith book, in the Zondervan "What's in Your Head?" contest.

We are rejoicing with Tammi and really do wish her every success with the publication of this novel in the future.

In Heaven Bound this month, there's just about something for everyone. "I Surgery" by Linda Germain is a must read. Linda submitted this some months ago as part of the contest we run to find our front page stories. Back then, we only used one feature on the front page, but it was a toss up at the time between the entry that won, and Linda's story. So it's a real delight to see it in Heaven Bound this month. It will make you smile and touch your heart - which is something Linda always does so very well.

On a more serious note, we have a powerful testimony from Rosemary Anne Baptiste in A Woman's World. "Abuse Doesn't Happen in Christian Homes... Does It?" is a must read. Rosemary has shared her experience with great honesty and openness, and it is her hope and prayer that women in similar situations will find encouragement, help and hope in her story. It is inspirational and God's grace and restoration really does shine through.

And on the subject of "grace", I'm sure you'll be blessed by our two front page features this month - "Grace Revisited" by our very own Corinne Smelker, and "The Truth about Grace" by FaithWriters' Magazine newcomer, Bob Zoellner.

Of course, what better subject could we choose for March than "grace", as we come to this time of remembering the amazing grace of God, shown to us through the sacrifice of His Son? From all at FaithWriters' Magazine, may this Easter time be one of great blessing and peace for you and your loved ones. May the Lord hold you all very close to His heart today and always.

With love,
Deb Porter